Staying the course [Sprint 3]

So, my last two-week sprint was appropriately titled, Charting the Course, and I’ve already lost my way. I was sidetracked by an out-of-the-office work project and some family stuff. Contrary to Tolkien myth, most those who wander are lost. I did make some progress though…


Sprint Recap

I spent some time figuring out how many words I’m averaging per day, and setting a word-count goal for my first draft. I have a forthcoming post detailing my epic dashboard and spreadsheet. Totally proud of what I came up with.

I’ve written a good amount. Not as much as I wanted to, but I learned some good lessons in discipline and accountability. I’m happily 10% into my word-count goal, and chugging through the opening chapters of my novel.

I wrote a review of Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes, which got some love on Twitter. That was very cool!

And finally, I finished Stephen King’s On Writing. It was as good as all those book reviews made it out to be.  I’ll sneak a review in soon.

Staying the course

Alright, now that I have the word-count goal set for my first draft – 45,000 words, and my handy-dandy tracker to get there, the only thing left is to keep on writing. I’ll be sticking to my early AM wake-up and write routine.

In addition to writing, I intend to accomplish the following:

  • Beef up this blog: I have some posts in the backlog to finish up and publish. I’ll add my review to On Writing, and my reveal of the mega-dashboard to the queue.
  • Research writing groups/communities: I hear it’s dangerous to go at it alone. I want to look into web-based, and/or local writing groups and figure out if there’s an opportunity to tap into a greater community.
  • Read some fiction: I’ll be on for the second half of this sprint, so I’ll be sure to read some good fiction while I’m relaxing. I’ve been reading more informative texts, and I think picking up a good novel will help me catch issues in my own writing.

That’s it. Keep pushing, and stay the course!